The Joy Luck ClubBook - 1989
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Amy Tan's sweeping multigenerational epic tells the stories of four sets of mothers and daughters, each grappling with the same divide between immigrant and first-generation. The mothers all came from China; the daughters all grew up in California. Tan describes their unique stories and their uni... Read More »
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This is the story of four Chinese women and their daughters. The mothers suffered great losses in the war, both financial and personal. To bolster themselves and each other, they formed the "Joy Luck" club, in which they shared friendship and happiness that was theirs for at least just that moment. Eventually, they emigrated to San Francisco. Their daughters grew up as Americans, but their Chinese nature was permanently and inescapably in their blood and bones and souls. I very much enjoyed the way the Chinese viewpoint inserted itself into the most mundane situations, especially as the mothers tried to teach their daughters the difficult lessons of life.
Encompassing two generations and a rich blend of Chinese and American history, the story of four struggling, strong women also reveals their daughters' memories and feelings.
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"I seemed to hear less than what was said, while my mother heard more. "
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